taking shortcuts

No, I’m not talking about the kind of shortcuts that mean doing a job incorrectly, but rather the kind that mean completing a task more efficiently.

That favourite phrase of working smarter, not harder. And something that I learnt early on in my working career was to aim for effectiveness.

Now let me tell you that I used to be the Queen Bee of keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft Office was my domain. I could easily F1 you CTRL+X, CTRL+V and CTRL+P in seconds. (In layman’s terms that means to help you cut, paste and print.)

Basic I hear you say? Then let me ALT+TAB, F5 and ALT+F4 (switch, refresh and close). Or perhaps just Logo+L (log off).

You see, beyond the jargon this knowledge saved me valuable time in my last job. I could have things done in a flash! But these days I’m on a Mac, and am still trying to get my head around Apple+O and Apple+S (open and save). Ok, ok, I’m not that slow. But there is certainly still some learning to do in order to be back on top of my game.

So in this sense, the importance of learning shortcuts can be invaluable in the Virtual Assistant industry (or indeed any other that uses computers everyday). And the beauty of getting to know a different system is the various knowledge I am gaining along the way.

I believe certain shortcuts in business can be instrumental to productivity, so long as you are taking the right ones and not just purely bypassing the process. Learning from other people’s mistakes, rather than just your own, is a huge timesaver in itself.

But as Bo Bennett said, “When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts”. And maybe he has a point too.